Lead Fantasy Writer
A Sleeping Giant?
Is Sammy Watkins a Fantasy WR 1?
Yes, Sammy Watkins. I will be the first person to say, I have not been the biggest fan of Watkins in years past, but you can not deny the talent he has. While with the Buffalo Bills, he was not in the most offensive friendly line up and Rex Ryan was certainly not the most offensive friendly coach. While he did have a slump in production with the Rams in 2017, much of this can be attributed to his arrival minutes before the start of the season thereby not allowing for a rapport with Jared Goff such was the case with Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and most importantly Todd Gurley. Whether he stays with the Rams, or if he goes to a new team in free agency, he will have the benefit of a full offseason with the team and with his ability to stay healthy last season it looks as though his injury bug may be behind him also.
Let’s take a look at the numbers since coming into the league in 2014. In 52 total games, he has amassed 192 receptions for 3,052 yards leading to an average of 15.9 yards per reception and catching 25 touchdowns. With these numbers showing his obvious talent, it is easy to see him becoming a number one receiver on a team whether it be with the Rams or possibly taking over a role in an offense like Carolina or Maybe, just maybe in Dallas. He would be a great addition to either offense, especially to a Dallas team who does not have a deep threat anywhere near his caliber in the mix, Jason Witten included. While his numbers in 2017 were not at the level of a number one receiver, you only have to look back to his 2015 season in which he averaged 17.5 yards per catch on 60 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games, to show what he is capable of and why teams should be willing to take a shot on a young, veteran receiver who is just coming in to his prime.
Finding the right offensive fit is going to be important for Watkins just as it is for any player and the best fit may be to stay where he is with a growing offense in Los Angeles. But whether he stays in Los Angeles, or goes to a different team, expect his career averages of 3.7 receptions per game and 58.7 yards per game to be the absolute floor of his production. He should easily outdo his career high of 1,047 receiving yards and nine touchdowns from 2015 and could easily finish as a top-five fantasy wide receiver in 2018.
Keep in mind, Watkins holds that ceiling all the while coming off the board as WR27 in the 6th round according to recent average draft position (ADP).
Any savvy fantasy owner will chase that kind of upside for such an incredibly cheap price.
Lead Fantasy Writer